Gray Maynard already owns one win over current UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. And has a draw in the other meeting between the two. Yet, “The Bully” feels like he gets no respect.
“I still don’t like talking crap about other fighters and competitors and I’m not going to do my worst Muhammad Ali impression to get a spotlight on myself. But, yes, it is frustrating I don’t get the credit I feel I have earned,” wrote Maynard in a blog for sportsnet.ca. “I never complained when I had to fight top guy after top guy – that’s what competition is all about and what I’m all about. I don’t ask or want no gimmie fights.
“And I am not complaining now. This is just what I’m thinking ahead of this fight and I’m just being real and honest. And, honestly, I am ready for a war at UFC 136.”
Back in January, Maynard knocked Edgar down and punished him in the opening round, but couldn’t finish the champion. Edgar rebounded and the judges declared the fight a draw. They were expected to have a rematch earlier this year, but both were suffering from injuries and the fight was postponed until this October date.
“I made a couple mistakes in trying to finish him off too much and not being careful not to burn out, but I feel I won three rounds to two, plus I won the first round BIG and it should have been scored 10-7,” Maynard wrote. “But they gave it a draw and the guy who got beat up went home with the belt and has had it since.”
Edgar-Maynard III will serve as the main event for UFC 136 on October 8 from Houston, Texas.